(Note: Cardinal Oswald Gracias of Bombay celebrated his birth day on Dec.24. He happens to be one of the outspoken prelates among the over 200 Indian bishops who spoke up publicly on a controversial issue like same-sex relations with which bishops in India and at the Rome Synod were not comfortable with. In spite of it he defended their just cause and even appealed to the Indian government to do the needful to get the Supreme court to decriminalize gay relations which the Delhi High court had OKed earlier. The CCV sent the following birth day greetings to him on Dec.24th. We wish many others in his fraternity imitate his shining example during the New Year 2016 in speaking up for the sinful lot in the Margins of church and society(or in the periphery as Francis would call) like broken families, divorced, remarried etc. CCV)
Happy, Happy Birthday
Dear Cardinal Oswald Gracias
May the Lord Bless you, Hug you, Kiss you
Centum Annos Vivas, Vivas,
To speak up like Jesus for our sinful discredited
gay community, broken families, divorced or
remarried, those fallen on road in life’s journey
remembering Jesus giving communion to a
betraying Judas, denying Peter, doubting Thomas
power-hungry James & John at last supper
and telling woman caught in adultery
Nor do I condemn you, sin no more, Go in peace!
Happy Christmas & Heavenly Peace
to You from CCV Editor james kottoor
Christmas is God befriending us
In Jesus through His loving embrace
Jesus is Emmanuel, God with us in His friendly, loving, eternal, Embrace!
Just stay in the Warmth of His
Brotherly, Friendly, Everlasting Embrace!
The CCV Editors